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Fraud email example:
From: "Collins Robson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 10:11:44 +0000
Subject: ACCOUNT PROVISION
FROM THE DESK OF COLLINS ROBSON
CHAIRMAN ECOWAS CONTRACT AWARDING COMMITTEE
ECOWAS FUND HEADQUARTERS
ACCRA-REPUBLIC OF GHANA
ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR USD45.5 MILLION
I am Collins Robson. The Chairman, Contract Awarding Committee of
the ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS)with its fund
Headquarters in Accra-Ghana.
I got your information in a Professional database when I was searching
through Internet for a reliable,honest and trustworthy person to
entrust this business with.I was simply inspired and motivated to pick
your contact from the many names in the list of the directory.
After discussing my view and your profile with my colleagues,they were
very much satisfied and decided to contact you immediately for this
mutual business relationship.We wish to transfer the sum of USD
45.5,000,000.00 (Forty five million five hundred thousand United
States Dollars only.)into your personal or company`s bank account.
This fund was a residue of the over invoiced contract bills awarded by
us intentionally for the supply of hard/soft wares,pharmaceuticals/
medical items,light and heavy duty vehicles, apparels and other
administrative/logistics for the ECOMOG in Sierra-Leone and Liberia
during the Peace Keeping Projects.
This DEAL was deliberately hatched out and carefully protected with
the cooperation and mandate of the Financial Director and the
Secretary of the Organization.We arranged and over invoiced the
contract funds supplied by different companies from different
countries during the crisis. It was our consensus to seek the
assistance of a willing foreigner to provide us with the facilities to
transfer this money out of West Africa.
This is borne out of our belief in the non-stable and porous political
nature of this sub-region. The original contractors have been duly
paid by Ecowas banker through the Central bank of Ghana and Finance
Ministry.The balance is suspended in the ECOWAS grand Account awaiting
claims by any foreign partner of our choice to receive the fund on our
behalf Now Ecowas is intending to pay all their outstanding balance of
their contractors this year as the organization is winding up its
activities since the aim of returning PEACE to the countries and the
coast has been achieved.
Based on the laws and ethics of employment,we as civil servants
working under this organization, are not allowed to operate/own a
foreign account.This is more reason why we needed your urgent
assistance to provide an account that can sustain this fund for safe
keeping and our future investment with your comprehensive
advise,assistance and partnership in your country.
It is however agreed,as the account owner in this deal to allow you
30% of the entire sum as compensation, 65% will be held on trust for
us while 5% will be used to defray any incidental charges and cost
during the course of the transaction. This transaction will be
successfully concluded within 14 days if you accord us your unalloyed
and due cooperation.
You should provide the followings for immediate kick of of this deal
if it interest you; YOUR COMPANY`S NAME WITH COMPLETE ADDRESS,TEL AND
Upon the receipt of this informations,application for claim will be
sent to you to fill and return back to the organization in pursuit of
the claim legally and then be forwarded to the organization for
ratification and subsequent payment. As with the case of all organized
(sensitive)and conspired DEALS,we solicit for your unreserved
confidentiality and utmost secret in this business. We hope to retire
peacefully and lead honorable business life after-wards.There are no
risks involved .
Kindly expedite action if you are interested as we are behind schedule
to enable us utilize this golden opportunity pay out this fund
immediately which we might stand to loose, if we fail to provide a
safe account for this transfer on time at the expiration of this year
Ecowas has mapped out for payment of all their outstanding contractors
and the dissolution of our committee.Please urgency is needed as we do
not know the time our organization will start the payment hence it is
necessary to start on time to forestall any hitch while transferring
the fund into your designated account .
Hoping to hear from you.